Propane Autogas Transit Vehicles

Propane transit van refueling with a propane tank in the background

Transit fleets looking to decrease their emissions, save budget and choose a sustainable fuel turn to propane autogas. In fact, propane autogas is the leading alternative fuel for the paratransit application.

More than 10% of the over 25,000 paratransit vehicles in the United States operate on propane autogas. Four major system manufacturers have vehicles for this market— Alliance Autogas, Freightliner, ICOM and ROUSH CleanTech.

The U.S. is rich in propane. More than 90% of U.S. propane supplies come from domestic production, making propane autogas a readily available alternative to imported oil. By fueling with propane, a transit agency fleet can extend its positive impact on the environment and the nation while saving taxpayer dollars.

Learn why Delaware Transit Corporation and San Diego Metropolitan Transit System have converted their paratransit fleets to propane autogas.

Propane Autogas for Transit

Propane autogas saves money on fuel, maintenance and infrastructure.

Public transit fleet operators can cost-effectively transition to propane autogas. On average, propane autogas costs about 50% less than diesel and up to 40% less than gasoline. In addition to fuel savings, transit fleet operators experience lower costs for oil changes and routine maintenance due to the fuel’s clean properties. Propane vehicles have no cold-start issues and warm up quickly. Transit fleet operators report saving time and money on equipment and staff. And the engines are very quiet, allowing for drivers to focus on the road ahead.

In addition, installing a propane autogas station costs less than any other infrastructure. Transit agencies can install a propane station onsite (at low or no cost with the signage of a fueling contract), contract with a propane supplier to perform fueling services or fill up at one of the public stations located across Missouri.

Determine your cost per mile driver and return on investment with propane autogas vehicles with the Fuel Savings Calculator.

Propane autogas is clean for a lower carbon future.

Propane autogas vehicles better protect your agency’s community from environmental and health issues. Propane, a non-toxic, non-carcinogenic and non-corrosive fuel, emits fewer greenhouse gases; less nitrogen oxides; less carbon monoxide; and fewer particulate emissions compared with gasoline and diesel.

A study from West Virginia University’s Center of Alternative Fuels, Engines and Emissions proves propane autogas buses reduce nitrogen oxide emissions by up to 96% in real-world applications. Nitrogen oxide emissions are regulated under federal air quality standards because they are known to be harmful to human health and to air quality.

In addition, propane autogas engines operate more quietly, increasing safety and decreasing driver fatigue.

Free Propane Transit Webinar

Transit agencies are turning to propane vehicles to support their environmental goals and lower their operating costs.

This free, 90-minute webinar covers:

  • Firsthand experience from a transit agency that operates propane vehicles in its fleet.
  • Health, safety and cost benefits of adopting propane vehicles.
  • Propane fueling and infrastructure options.
  • Available funding from the state — and how to receive it.

Propane Funding Opportunities

Missouri Propane Education & Research Council
MOPERC offers rebates of $2,000 per propane bus, up to 10 per agency, at the time of delivery. This money can be used to pay down the cost of the bus, for fuel or infrastructure, or used for however your agency wants. Cost-reducing propane transit buses put money back into your budget.

*Incentives subject to terms and conditions, contact MOPERC for details.

Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust
The state of Missouri has received $42 million from the Volkswagen emissions settlement to fund transportation projects that reduce nitrogen oxide emissions. Propane autogas transit buses can offer access to these funds.

State Propane Suppliers
The state’s propane providers and wholesale suppliers offer various financial incentives and support.

Federal Government
The U.S. Energy Department provides various federal incentive programs and tax credits to encourage the use of propane autogas, classified as a clean alternative fuel under the Clean Air Act.

Some available propane autogas vehicles have completed the Federal Transit Administration’s New Model Bus Testing Program (“Altoona Testing”). By purchasing an Altoona-tested vehicle, transit fleet operators can access federal funds that cover 85% of the entire alternative fuel vehicle cost with a 15% local match.

The Diesel Emissions Reduction Act also funds alternatives to diesel.

Adopt Propane Buses Today

Contact us to learn more about how propane autogas can be incorporated in your transit agency’s fleet operations to save money and reduce emissions.